Moss plans to play at least one more year

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Receiver Randy Moss emerged from retirement to play for the 49ers this season.  But if he manages to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, he won’t be walking off into the sunset with it like Michael Strahan or Jerome Bettis or John Elway.

Per a source with knowledge of Moss’s thinking, the future Hall of Famer plans to play at least one more year.

Absent a contract extension, Moss will become a free agent in March.  His first retirement came two years ago, after he received not much interest on the open market.  After a year away from the game, he decided to return — and he hasn’t complained once despite being a role player at best.

Of course, plans can change.  But at least he’s not 95-percent and/or virtually certain to be back.

23 responses to “Moss plans to play at least one more year

  1. Perfect. That final year should land Randy as a sentimental vote by his legions of fans for a spot in the 2014 Pro Bowl…if there is one.

  2. Whatever Moss took to keep his mouth in check, he should offer to Rex and Rob Ryan, Drew Brees, Jerrah Jones, J. Vilma and Joe Vitt.

  3. If 49ers win the super bowl, I think next year Moss would have a more difficult time playing the same role…or I could just be wrong.

  4. Randy was a great receiver, but he has lost a step or two as he no longer runs away from the defensive backs. If the 49ers win, he should retire and go out on top. He is a Hall of Famer and playing one more year will not improve his chances.

  5. itsnotforme you clearly haven’t watched much.. Yes he has lost a step or two. With losing that step he has still managed to get anywhere from a 5-10 yd cushion every down and got behind quite a few defenders on go routes… often drawing an additional corner or both safeties with him.

  6. I hope NINERS keep him.. He’s been great in his role and has really helped develop our young receiving core.. Would love to see randy back in the RED and GOLD

  7. The 49ers are so underrated and so before their time… this team will not peak for 2 or 3 years. I am not predicting a Super Bowl, but they are not even good yet. Why would Randy Moss play somewhere else when Harbaugh wants him?

  8. goldrush36 says:
    Jan 28, 2013 12:57 AM
    itsnotforme you clearly haven’t watched much.. Yes he has lost a step or two. With losing that step he has still managed to get anywhere from a 5-10 yd cushion every down and got behind quite a few defenders on go routes… often drawing an additional corner or both safeties with him.

    Yes I have watched him his entire career. His best years were with the Vikings and Patriots. He is now just a shell of his former self and his stats reflect that, and that is why he is just a situational player and not a starter. I didn’t see him run away from anybody this year on a post route.

  9. Moss is a quitter and in no way deserves to ever be considered a champion. I can’t wait to see him hang his head in shame after the Ravens kick his team’s butt this Sunday.

  10. He had a nice breakaway td play vs az. But watching him on nfl replay and in little clips throughout the season you see him involved on the sidelines kinda like a coach..even with the defense. Excellent addition for the Niners.

  11. Ive hated the 9ers ever since T.O. Made that catch in the NFC championship game to beat my Packers, but even I will admit that bringing Moss has been a great move by Harbaugh. Randy might be getting a little long in the tooth, but he’s been a perfect example for their young receivers this year. He has career the stats and put up one of the greatest seasons by a receiver in history… But his hunger for that championship has worn off on that young team. Look how content he is at being just another piece of the puzzle working toward that goal now.

  12. What I am most interested to see is Crabtree’s first season without Moss on the other side.

    Moss still draws safety coverage when he’s on the field, even after losing “a step or two” – he’s still better than 90% of the receivers in the NFL.

    The Niners are a run first team anyways. Moss knew this going in.

  13. I think the most amazing Moss stat of the regular season is this – Out of 28 regular season receptions, 22 of them (better than 75%) were for first downs.

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